It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of highly regarded football reporter Steve Stammers, aged 71.
Stammers was one of the last of the old school football writers on the London scene, working for six newspapers throughout his career including the Daily star, Evening Standard and Sunday Mirror. During this time, he compiled a wealth of contacts that included some of the most influential people in football.
Stammers broke the exclusive story in 1996 of an unknown French coach becoming the manager of Arsenal. His coverage of Arsenal for the Evening Standard and Arsène Wenger’s career earned much acclaim.
PFA Deputy Chief Executive Bobby Barnes said: “We are really sad to see Steve Stammers has passed away. One of the last “old school” reports.”
“Back in the day, certain journos had unique access in clubs, including travelling on the players’ coach to matches. At West Ham, Steve had that status and never a word from inside the camp made it into his copy.”
“The first journalist who interviewed me as a young player- I trusted him then and continued to do so to this day. A real loss to everyone”
The thoughts and condolences of everyone at the PFA are with Steve's family and friends.